Grange over Sands
In Grange over Sands the United Reformed Church and the Methodist Church are working towards being one church. We are sharing all our services together while we work out the future of our two buildings. Our current arrangement is to meet in a different building each month. However, in order to share the major festivals we will be swapping around in the summer:
May - Methodist building
All of June and until 14th July - URC building
21st July until end of August - Methodist building
September - URC building
October - Methodist building
November - URC building
December - Methodist building
January - URC building
February - Methodist building
If you find yourself at the wrong place, do not fear – both are on Kents Bank Road, only 3 minutes walk apart.
Our regular activities:
10.30-11.30am Morning Service.
A lively and informal gathering of families and children, always in the Methodist hall. Parents are encouraged to stay. We start with toast and jam, then songs, stories and activities in the hall. No one is expected to 'sit still'! For those able to stay until around 10.45, we then join with the 10.30 congregation until about 10.45. Most of our members don't come every week and even if you are only in town for a short while you would be welcome to join us (there is always plenty of toast.)
The Morning service usually begins with a short time of singing and prayer with members of Toast Church, and then follows a fairly traditional pattern of hymns, prayers, readings and sermon. On the first Sunday of the month this usually includes celebration of Holy Communion. Refreshments are served in the hall after the service. We are a broad mix of ages with a leaning towards the senior. On most Sundays the 10:30 congregation is 90-100 people.
6pm-7pm Taizé every 2 months on the first Sunday of the month, in the church hall. Upcoming services will be 7th July, 1st September, 3rd November.
Our Taizé service is a new venture. It will appeal to you especially if you like to sing, if you enjoy stillness in worship and if you appreciate space for something peaceful.
We are using the style of the Taizé Community in France. This Community welcomes thousands of visitors every year from all over the world and has developed a beautiful meditative style of worship service, based around reflective short prayer songs, silence and simplicity.
Anyone can join in by singing, or simply listening. The songs are sung repeatedly and prayerfully, so that they do indeed become sung prayers for us. A small group of local musicians accompany the songs. There is also a time for lighting candles, short readings and short spoken prayers and some silence.
10.30am-12noon community coffee morning: every week in the Methodist Hall.
10am (or shortly after) every Wednesday a short prayer time will be held in the Methodist Hall. This is especially mindful of our need to hold the people of our churches and our future work in prayer as we continue the work of joining together.
10.30am-11am monthly quiet communion service: on the third Wednesday each month, in the Methodist Church
10.30am-11am weekly service: in the URC hall
5.30pm-7.30pm (monthly on the Saturday between 13th and 19th) The Well: A gathering for sharing conversation and creative things to do. It’s not ‘churchy’, and a simple meal is provided. Come on your own, come with a friend, come with children – all ages welcome.
Rev'd Martyn Coe (URC)
Rev'd Jo Rand (Methodist)
If you want to contact the minister at Grange click to e mail The Rev'd Jo Rand